.After a successful career as Head of Design for a leading fashion company in London, England, Nicola Tideman moved to Toronto, Canada, in 2003. Building on the skills acquired from leading teams in a highly competitive industry, she spent the past 20 years developing heart-centered tools and practices through personal development that allowed her to become a transformational leader, life coach, mentor, and healer who serves the social and emotional needs of children holistically, youth and families.
Nicola was led to pursue this journey as a mother of three children needing support. She observed that many children and youth's social and emotional needs, whether at school or in social settings, were not being met. This awakened the pain she felt during her childhood and the will to create a space where everybody in a social and family setting feels whole, present, safe, heard, loved, and respected for who they are.
From working with leading holistic practitioners worldwide, including Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, and training with Kids Coaching Connection and AMI Montessori. Nicola unlocked her true essence, inner strengths, and balance, empowered her to accomplish her life's purpose and serve children, youth, and families to live happier, healthier, and more aligned lives connected to the whole of their being.
Nicola coaches and mentors children, youth, parents, and families to connect with their true selves and inner gifts and bring love, peace, and harmony into their relationships and every aspect of their lives. She has worked in a Montessori school for the past few years, where she has observed the natural development of children in an environment that engages the growth of their whole being: body, mind, and spirit.
Nicola volunteers her time as a coach for children in underprivileged neighborhoods of Toronto. She is a committee member of the Love, Peace, Harmony Foundation for Children, Youth, and Families, a global non-profit organization, serving humanity with heart-based practices to bring more love, peace, and harmony to children, youth, and families around the world. In addition, she supports an orphanage in Uganda, sharing these practices to help with the emotional well-being of the children and staff.
Karine Parker is a successful and creative French-American program developer, curator, visual artist, collaborative practices, and socio-emotional coach in Houston, Texas.
As a successful top-level executive in corporate banking in Paris in performance management and strategic planning, Karine observed the importance of embracing the human experience to create satisfying and meaningful work environments missing from the corporate space.
After moving to Houston in 2007, she started producing international educational and community art projects aiming at developing bridges of understanding between communities. She organized a comprehensive cultural, artistic exchange between France and Texas that was selected and featured by the American Embassy in Paris at UNESCO for the year of rapprochement of cultures in 2011.
Karine is very involved in the community and believes in the positive effects of mindfulness, socio-emotional literacy, and creative arts on the world. Driven by first-hand experience of the pain and vulnerability of navigating the world without an adequate support system and social and emotional education, Karine has centered her focus on supporting schools, family environments, and communities by creating and integrating tools and solutions backed by socio-emotional education, community art projects, neuroscience, and therapeutics. Since 2007, Karine’s dedication to a greater purpose in community life has inspired her to produce community-building programs and community art projects.
She is the founder of “Be the Peace, Be the Hope,” a program that concentrates on mental wellness, coping skills, increasing social and emotional intelligence, and building caring, brave, peaceful, hopeful, and supportive school communities. By promoting and introducing this to schools and environments that incorporate young members of society, these individuals can develop essential life skills and participate in social contributions that they might not have had the opportunity to. The program also supports teachers and parents so that they can rise and create meaningful relationships with their students and children through the development of shared values, a mindset of inquiry and compassion, and numerous student-led projects. Karine and her dedicated team have served over 40 schools, 8,000 students, their teachers, and parents, schoolwide and now districtwide.
In addition to her community work, Karine has been recognized for multiple notable awards. Her work has been published academically in Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Emerald Publishing, and ArtHouston Magazine. She is a 2019 recipient of the Rotary International Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity for her work in at-risk schools, refugee camps, and orphanages in Africa, India, and the Middle East. In addition, she earned with her team the H.I.S.D. Jean Davis Myers service award, serves as the President-Elect for the Houston International Rotary Club, and representative of the District 5890 Peace Committee. She also volunteers as a mentor with several organizations, including the Houston Galveston Institute.